The Nature of History

Author: Arthur Marwick

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 9780333432358

Category: History

Page: 442

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Developed for students and general readers looking for a concise guide to the methods and purposes of historical study, this book seeks to explore the nature of historical evidence, to show how history comes to be written and to offer a basis on which "good" history can be distinguished from "bad".

What is History?

Author: E. H. Carr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241351901

Category: History

Page: 208

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'Not only one of our most distinguished historians but also one of the most valuable contributors to historical theory' Spectator In formulating an answer to the question of 'What is History', Carr argues that the 'facts' of history are simply those which historians have chosen to focus on. All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretive choices by historians influenced by the standards of their age. Now for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, with an introduction by Richard J. Evans, author of the Third Reich trilogy.

The Nature of History Reader

Author: Keith Jenkins,Alun Munslow

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415240549

Category: History

Page: 352

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The question of what the nature of history is, is now a key issue for all students of history. It is now recognised by many that the past and history are different phenomena and that the way the past is actively historicised can be highly problematic and contested. Older metaphysical, ontological, epistemological, methodological and ethical assumptions can no longer be taken as read. In this timely collection, key pieces of writing by leading historians are reproduced and evaluated, with an explanation and critique of their character and assumptions, and how they reflect upon the nature of the history project. The authors respond to the view that the nature of history has become so disparate in assumption, approach and practice as to require an informed guide that is both self-reflexive, engaged, critical and innovative. This work seeks to aid a positive re-thinking of history today, and will be of use both to students and to their teachers.

The New Nature of History

Knowledge, Evidence, Language

Author: Arthur Marwick

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780333922620

Category: Historiography

Page: 334

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This title, first published in 1970, with revised editions in 1981, and again in 1989 has been totally rewritten. Addressing the key questions of what history is, and why and how one studies it, this is a positive affirmation of the vital importance to society of the study of the past, and of the many crucial learning outcomes which accrue from historical study. There is a great deal of new material, engaging with and rebutting postmodernist criticisms of the history of the historians, and explicating more fully the author's pioneering work on how exactly historians analyse and interpret primary sources, and how they write their articles and books.

Christianity and the Nature of History

Author: H. G. Wood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107497787

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Originally published in 1934, this book examines whether Christianity's emphasis on 'historic happenings' is 'in line with the nature of history as the modern historian conceives it', whether the Christian devotion to the historical person of Jesus can be justified, and considers the role of God's providence in human matters.

The Nature of Natural History

Author: Marston Bates

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400861543

Category: Nature

Page: 332

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This classic work is an exploration of what natural history is, and a sustained effort to see how it relates to other areas of biology. Marston Bates did not attempt to overwhelm his audience with facts or overinterpret those he did use, and, perhaps for this reason, The Nature of Natural History is a timeless work. The author's genuine interest in the tropics has a very current feeling, and the first ten or fifteen chapters of the work have a style that is parallel to that of David Attenborough's verbal presentations of nature. From the book: "I have already made several remarks about the connection between parasitism and degeneracy. I suspect this is a matter of point of view. We are predatory animals ourselves, and consequently admire the characteristics of predationagility, speed, cunning, self-reliance. We feel a certain kinship with the lion, and regard the liver fluke with horror. If a sheep were given the choice, though, it might prefer to be debilitated by liver flukes rather than killed by a lion." Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Studies in the Nature and Teaching of History

Author: W H Burston,D Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317277058

Category: History

Page: 106

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Originally published in 1967, this book is aimed at the student teacher and discusses the philosophy of history and the effective learning of it. It discusses the UK secondary school history syllabus, with a particular emphasis on whether contemporary history is of more relevance to pupils than traditional history. There is a specific chapter on the problems of value-judgements in history and history teaching. From a psychological point of view, the book examines the problems of concept formation, the uses and dangers of analogy and the question of imagination and inference in child and adolescent thinking.

Sublime Historical Experience

Author: F. R. Ankersmit

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804749367

Category: History

Page: 481

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Why are we interested in history at all? Why do we feel the need to distinguish between past and present? This book investigates how the notion of sublime historical experience complicates and challenges existing conceptions of language, truth, and knowledge.